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3 Dudes Quilting

March 27th, 2009

Frank, Ray & Jeff!Yes, that’s how they are named. Frank Costa, Ray Steeves & Jeff Car are 3 Dudes! These 3 men have a great story of how they just took up quilting and decided to open a store!

Jeff and Frank took basic quilting classes from Margaret Baker at the Quilter’s Bee and got hooked on quilting.  From the first class there was talk of opening a Quilt Shop.  Jeff and Frank taught the third dude, Ray how to quilt and the three were on the way be becoming serious, dedicated quilters, and the proud owners of 3 Dudes Quilting.

Imagine a 400 square foot sewing room with 3 machines, custom ironing board, cutting table, design wall, all the storage you could want, and a twelve foot short arm quilting frame and 2 of your best friends. Well, that’s what these three are privileged to have! With quilting experience ranging from intermediate to prize winning the three have made about 20 bed quilts and over 30 quilt tops! Jeff is the award winning quilter who won at last year’s quilting show in Phoenix. Ray is a full time nurse who considers himself  an intermediate quilter who currently has one of his quilts displayed at the local hospital he works at. Frank is a retired chef who also, considers himself an intermediate quilter who tends to like the classic traditional quilts and when visiting their shop you can enjoy cookies and muffins especially for you by Frank! The purpose of these three wonderful men opening shop in Arizona is not only to do what they enjoy & share with others who share the same passion, but to create a retreat where customers want to wake up and go straight to 3 Dudes Quilting shop where they hope you’ll stay awhile, enjoy each other’s company and talk about this common interest.

3 Dudes, aside from running the shop and quilting, also breed and show miniature poodles!

You can visit these inspiring men at their website or next time you’re in the Phoenix area, make sure you stop by and tell them we sent you!

Thanks, guys….errr…dudes for letting us into your lives!


  1. Dayna/Scottie Acres Boutique 's creative mind says

    Love it that you are doing articles on male quilters. There are so many out there that do awesome quilting. Looking forward to more!

    March 30th, 2009 | #

  2. Sara 's creative mind says

    What an excellent interview topic! I love hearing / reading about men who quilt / are fiber artists.
    John is an inspiration is so many ways. I was lucky enough to be in a mini-quilt swap w/ him and I cannot wait to see what he came up with.

    March 30th, 2009 | #

  3. Jonna Osborne 's creative mind says

    Thanks for featuring the 3 Dudes! I was lucky enough to visit and spend money at their shop in Phoenix when the Valley of the Sun Quilters had their retreat back in February. I only wish I had more time (and money) to spend there. It’s a great place, and such nice people!

    March 31st, 2009 | #

  4. Becky 's creative mind says

    :smile: I am from Phoenix, and have had the pleasure of visiting their shop….It is very nice, and if you are ever in the neighborhood, it is well worth stopping by!

    March 31st, 2009 | #

  5. Russell Lord 's creative mind says

    Got your infor from Jon Rodrigez , Tillamook Co. Fair recently. Talked w/ him and he told us…Jim Niles & I about you fellows. James taught me and he has been a quilter for over 50 years. He’s now 89..I began quilting 20 years ago.Really we both accel in aplique , but do lots of piecing by machine……Tons of charity work.sell a few but more of a love of color and fabric We both belong to 2 quilds here in the Portland, Or. area. Both very large groups of 3-5 hundred strong. Our current pres. is a dude also.Tony Hass( Nationally known.)Fun….Good to see other guys out there Russell Lord

    August 15th, 2010 | #

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